Examining the smart grid with Princeton’s Vince Poor-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, March 10, 2014

Examining the smart grid with Princeton’s Vince Poor

CMU was honored to host H. Vincent Poor, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science and Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, as the latest guest in the 2014 Distinguished Lecture Series at the Silicon Valley campus.

His talk, “Games, Privacy and Distributed Inference for the Smart Grid,” examined challenges in key areas in the transition from one-way, limited existing power grids to more dynamic and adaptive “smart” grids. With two-way communication, pervasive control, sensing and cyber-physical systems, the smart grid adds complexity but also improves reliability, quality, resilience and distribution, among many other factors.

Drawing on his research and papers with collaborators, Poor presented “a sampling of ideas for applying information sciences” to address three main areas:

  • Game Theoretic Methods for Greater Efficiency 
  • Privacy-Utility Tradeoffs for Greater Security 
  • Distributed State Estimation for Greater Reliability

Assistant Research Professor Patrick Tague said his students are currently reading one of the papers Poor discussed, so the lecture was particularly valuable and timely for their group. Perhaps they’ll also pick up Poor's most recent book, Mechanisms and Games for Dynamic Spectrum Allocation, just published by Cambridge University Press.